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Johnny Cash Lyrics

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real

The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair

Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
A million miles away
I will keep myself
I would find a way

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Trent Reznor

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Henry Hillier

When I first heard this song bad in ABT 2009.. there were many times I cried every single time, I could not help crying when I heard it for 12th time I started to be able to listen to it moved something my soul..

I think this is ABT to his wife, Johnnie Cash was not an easy person to deal with.. & this song signifies "regret" that he let his addictions effect his wife greatly..

The needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting" indicates he may of had addictions more serious than alcohol"

& When he says "I would keep myself, I would find a way" I think he his referring to not getting addictions..

Even tho NIN wrote this song, I think there no person to have sung this song..

I still listen to this song quite often..

He has REGRETS, going on to sing" you can have it all " my empire of dirt"

Soli Deogloria

Why something rather than nothing ?
Because of an uncaused, non contingent, first cause of all contingency...


What is the chief end of man ?
Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Seek Christ Jesus the Redeemer

For secondary and tertiary understanding, research...

1.The cosmological argument
2.The contingency argument
3.The teleological argument
4.The ontological argument
5.The moral argument

But waste not time life is only vapor, for you know not the day nor hour that you shall draw your last breath before you jump into eternity...

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Lee Hawkins

It’s a testament to Trent Reznor’s brilliance and honesty in writing this song that the feelings he had as a young man in his 20s are so accessible to an old man like Johnny Cash. It proves that the best art comes from our experiences, and that we are all the same no matter our age. We feel it when young Mr. Reznor sings it—but it hits so much harder with Johnny Cash—because he is out of time. It motivates me to make good choices while I still can. Not every song can do that.

River Critter

@Take it EZ Reznors context was behind drugs and loneliness. Cash mourned his regrets and wasted efforts

River Critter

Time by Pink Floyd reminds me that noone told me when to run, I missed the starting gun

Robert Cronin

Well said.

Григорий Ермаков

Ты прав.

debbie jones

Excellent and profound comment Lee Hawkins

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Frank Anderson

I don’t think there has ever been a more pure look into the window of someone’s soul than this recording. It’s a masterpiece.

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Sharon Noble

Frank I hear your heart. It's not about who wrote the song or who sang it better. It's about the message that all mankind needs to hear. Courage is needed in these trying times and you have it! I thank you for that! More importantly Almighty God sees your heart and intentions. Keep the faith as I am sure you will! Carry on and know that you are a child of the most High God!

Lionel T.

It truly is. I intend to have it played at my funeral.

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